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California Cottage Kitchen Update
This California cottage with a kitchen update features a gorgeous color palette and personalized touches.
How do you combine traditional features with modern flair and bold color? This was the challenge presented to designer Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop. The homeowners of a Tarzana, California cottage were ready to freshen things up with a kitchen update without starting from scratch. The details and updates are a must see and there are... Keep Scrolling
Written by JESSIE YOUNT
Photography by BRET GUM
Styling by JICKIE TORRES


How do you combine traditional features with modern flair and bold color? This was the challenge presented to designer Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop. The homeowners of a Tarzana, California cottage were ready to freshen things up with a kitchen update without starting from scratch. The details and updates are a must see and there are also some pointers if you’re interested in a new apron sink.

Kitchen update with cream colored custom open shelving and storage nook at the end of the countertop with blue accents.
A UNIQUE UNDERTAKING. “The cabinetry was beautiful to begin with, but the homeowner wanted something lighter and brighter,” Jennifer says. The countertops were replaced with honed Caesarstone quartz for a glossy and subtle shimmer, and a custom range hood was added for modern appeal.

During the transformation, small details were not forgotten. Open cabinets were wallpapered with striped and floral patterns to create a layering effect and a stunning backdrop for antique dinnerware, a collection of cake plates and a few cookbooks. Polished nickel fixtures—as opposed to colder chrome and brass— bring about a subtle transition and contribute to the overall goal of a harmonious aesthetic.

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS

While the kitchen layout was left untouched, one addition to the nook was a must for the homeowner: a banquette. “She loves to entertain, and the dinning room is quite formal, so the banquette created the perfect space for casual get-togethers,” Jennifer explains.

Round, pedestal kitchen table topped with yellow tulips in a vase with banquette seating.
PICK YOUR SEAT. There’s room for everyone around this table, you choose between the chairs or the banquette.

Unused French doors behind the banquette were removed and replaced with a bay window to enjoy the gorgeous view of the backyard. Light pours in through the windows most days, and the homeowner always has fresh flowers on the table, making for a dreamy ambience year-round.

Cream colored accent cabinets with a custom display case filled with a collection of cake plates.
CAKE CRAZE. This is only a fraction of the homeowner’s extensive cake plate collection. Curated over a lifetime, the collection includes precious family heirlooms and souvenirs.

 It was a question of being strategic, while honoring the bones and preserving the character of the house.

Blue lower cabinets with custom cutouts storing wicker storage baskets.
SMART & STYLISH STORAGE. These wicker baskets pull right out of the cubbies and can be placed on the counters. They’re extremely functional, but they also add a dash of warmth to the deep-blue cabinetry.

Pros & Cons of the Apron Sink

When Jennifer and the team discovered a hairline fracture, they knew the sink had to be replaced; the choice was simple—it would be an apron sink. Learn about the pros and cons of an apron sink below, and discover if it’s the right fit for your kitchen update.

PROS
• The space. This is probably one of the most common reasons that homeowners opt for apron sinks. It’s both deep and wide, allowing ample room for pots, pans and dishes.
• The style. There’s a reason that the apron sink is also called the farmhouse sink. It adds a charming and homey quality to the kitchen.
• The options. From single to double bowl, from stainless steel to cast iron and beyond, your options in size and material are nearly limitless.
• Bonus: Crumbs be gone! Because apron sinks are installed beneath the countertop, clean up in the kitchen will be easy. You can wipe spills and crumbs directly into the sink.

CONS
• The price tag. This is probably the most common complaint when it comes to the apron sink. It can take time, effort and possibly cabinet renovation to install the sink.
• The practicality. If you opt for a traditional, single-bowl apron sink, you can’t wash your dishes and put them on the other side to dry. You may also crack or lose a few dishes if you’re not careful.

Want more kitchen update ideas? Check out this post on Hot Sink Trends.

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